Scotland’s Stories of Home: We Want Your Stories!

Image from story A Bucket Load of Memories
Category: Reading

What does home mean to you?

This is what Scottish Book Trust is asking you for Scotland’s Stories of Home, our brand spanking new writing competition, open for entries from now until 30 June 2014.

We want to read your writing about what home means to you; it could be anything – a place, a person, a thing, a feeling – it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s personal to you. If you want to write a poem, or a story or a song, that’s alright too; we accept all forms of writing, so whatever your creative outlet might be, we want to hear from you!

First time writers and entries in Scots and Gaelic are also encouraged. If you want more information and further details on how to enter, check out our entry page here.

Home could be anything – a place, a person, a thing, a feeling – it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s personal to you

Home really does mean something different to everyone. Even though Scotland’s Stories of Home only launched a couple of weeks ago, the breadth and range of writing we have received is astonishing. From poems about homeland and political unrest to heart-wrenching tales of love and loss (be warned, you’ll cry at this one), our entries so far have shown just how broad the theme of home can be.


Getting Started

Inspiration can be a tricky thing to pin down, but if you are having trouble, we have a few things that can get you thinking (and scribbling) about home!

First off, Scottish Book Trust is running a series of free writing workshops with leading Scottish authors to help you put pen to paper and get a story out. Places are going fast - full details can be found on our workshops page here.

We also have some writing tips, penned by Scottish Makar, Liz Lochhead, about the best way to approach a new piece of writing. Check those out and get inspired here!


Books About Home - your suggestions

Lastly, we recommend doing some extra reading! All the best writers are readers first, after all. We're polling the Scottish Book Trust team to compile a list of Books About Home, and suggestions so far have varied from

  • And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson to
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum to
  • A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson!

If you have any book you think we should add to the list, let us know in the comments section.

Personally, whenever I start thinking about home, I want to read the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh, WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney. Having grown up in Ireland, something about their language captures the beauty of the landscape and the feeling of the countryside there perfectly.

When I get really homesick, I read ‘The Lake Isle of Innis Free’ by WB Yeats, and it reminds me of home and that I can always go back there.

What books and poems get you thinking about home?

Image taken from Lorna Johnston's story, A Bucket Load of Memories


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